A second phase of work has been completed on Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust’s Almshouses, which have undergone an £870,000 refurbishment to upgrade the residents’ facilities, the guestroom and the wardens’ accommodation.
The Almshouses are a combination of bungalows and maisonettes located at Lingard House in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield and are typically designed for individuals over 60 years old. Currently, the properties house a total of 52 residents and create a safe and welcoming environment for both single and married couples.
The project has been fully funded by the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and has provided the refurbishment of 46 homes in total.
During the refurbishments, the current Almshouse residents were moved into the vacant estate properties whilst Logmoor, the contractor, undertook work on the kitchens and bathrooms.
The Trust provided the opportunity for the residents to choose from a range of colour schemes allowing them to personalise the space to their taste and make their houses feel like a home.
The Almshouses each feature a double bedroom, a living room and now a brand-new kitchen and bathroom at the Lingard House estate. The properties are complemented by well-maintained gardens, a communal lounge space, a laundry room, a computer suite, a games room and a craft room, allowing residents to fully immerse themselves in the Almshouse community.
Residents are also provided with additional benefits from two on-site wardens during the day, a monitoring centre overnight and an out-of-hours emergency call service.
Pam Johnston MBE JP, Almshouse Manager at Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the second phase of the Almshouse refurbishments and for the residents to be able to settle back into their properties.
“The Trustees are consistently looking to maintain the Estate to the highest quality and the provision of upgraded kitchens and bathrooms will allow our residents to have a functioning, yet welcoming space to call home.”
A very happy resident at one of the Almshouses, said: “I have recently had my kitchen and bathroom refurbished to a very high standard. I was involved in the choice of colours for the tiles, worktops and cupboards. The final result exceeded my expectations.”
To find out more information about Almshouses or Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, please visit: www.suttoncoldfieldcharitabletrust.com/alms-houses.htm